Wednesday, December 09, 2009


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Participate in Decision-Making

In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 12/13, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is requested to carry out a study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making and to present a progress report to the Council at its fifteenth session, in 2010, and a final study to the Council at its eighteenth session, in 2011.

The Expert Mechanism would welcome contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions and regional human rights mechanisms, United Nations human rights mechanisms and relevant United Nations agencies and institutions based on the following outline.

  1. Analysis of the incorporation and implementation of the international human rights framework, including related jurisprudence, with regard to indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making.
  2. Identification of indigenous peoples’ own decision-making processes and institutions as well as challenges in maintaining and developing them.
  3. Identification of participatory and consultative mechanisms linked to both State and relevant non-State institutions and decision-making processes affecting indigenous peoples as well as challenges in their effective implementation.
  4. Identification of key measures and challenges related to the efforts to guarantee the right of indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making.

The Expert Mechanism would appreciate if the comments on the above four items would cover decision-making at both national and local level and include a gender perspective.

You are kindly requested to submit your contribution electronically to or by mail to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. Please indicate whether the information provided can be made available on the OHCHR website.

Deadline: February 26, 2010


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